Not sure whether you should enroll in online makeup classes or brick-and-mortar ones? Certified MUA, Gabrielle Rivera, reveals 3 similarities that online training has with in-person training – as well as 3 reasons why online makeup courses are superior!

Gabrielle is a QC Makeup Academy graduate. To see more of her work, visit her Instagram page

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Online Makeup Classes vs. In-Person Makeup Classes: 3 Things They Have in Common

1 – Educator Feedback

When I first looked into QC Makeup Academy, my biggest concern was that I wouldn’t be in the same room as my instructor. After all, how can you learn how to do makeup properly, and master the necessary skills, if you’re not physically with your tutor?

I quickly discovered, however, that QC Makeup Academy’s remote learning environment has this covered! In fact, their online makeup classes provide expert and experienced educator feedback on EVERY assignment… Just like in-person makeup classes would!

Just like in a brick-and-mortar setting, your QC instructor will review and critique your work throughout the entire process. Moreover, they’ll provide detailed feedback that is specific to the strengths you’ve shown in your assignments. At the same time, they’ll also address any areas that need improvement, as well as give feedback on how to master those specific skills and/or applications. As a result, your tutor’s audio feedback will help you pinpoint exactly where you need to grow and how you can successfully achieve this!

Having this level of instructor feedback is incredibly vital to your success as a student, because it supports your understanding of the concepts being modeled. I speak from experience! My QC Makeup Academy tutor, Pat Armstrong, would provide specific and thorough feedback on every aspect of my assignments. She also offered suggestions on areas I should work on, as well as provided references in the textbooks and/or instructional videos that I could use for additional support.

2 – You Receive a Makeup Kit and Course Supplies

It’s worth pointing out that not all online makeup classes will provide you with a makeup kit. Similarly, not all online schools will send you a physical copy of your course supplies and materials. But QC Makeup Academy certainly does!

This is just another way that QC’s online learning environment is similar to what you’d experience in a brick-and-mortar course. In both settings, you’re provided with your very own makeup kit to aid you in your training. Furthermore, you receive a physical copy of your textbooks (and any other necessary supplies) to help you successfully complete your course.

Having these materials provided to you helps alleviate the pressure of needing to build your makeup kit and supplies from scratch. As such, you can begin your education as soon as you’ve enrolled!

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3 – The Methodology is the Same in Online Makeup Classes and Brick-and-Mortar Ones

Fun fact: QC Makeup Academy executive makeup artist and celebrity MUA, Nathan Johnson, used to work as a brick-and-mortar instructor before teaching online makeup classes. According to him, the methodology behind the education process is exactly the same – regardless of the medium!

Wherever I am teaching, my methodology is the same ... This teaching process is the same, whether the learning is happening in-person or from behind a computer screen.

Nathan JohnsonQC Makeup Academy executive makeup instructor and celebrity MUA

I’m a makeup artist who has taken both in-person and online makeup training. As such, I can say with complete confidence that the methodology taught in both settings is the exact same. With in-person classes, your instructor will model and verbally walk you through each step. They’ll explain why they are approaching each technique in a specific way. Similarly, this is also true for online makeup classes!

With QC Makeup Academy, the instructors record themselves modeling each skill and technique. This is then demonstrated to you through your instructional videos. Plus, they verbally walk through their hows and whys! For instance, say you want to learn how to create a smoky eye. The techniques for achieving this look would be the same, whether it’s taught to you in-person or online. So long as the approach is the same (and it is), you’ll be able to achieve the same results.

3 Ways Online Makeup Classes Are Better Than In-Person Ones

You might be thinking, “Well, I’m still unsure. In-person learning seems to have more benefits.”

Does it, thought? You might be surprised to learn that online makeup classes actually offer INCREDIBLE benefits that you’d never be able to find in a physical learning environment!

Here are just 3 reasons why I strongly believe online makeup classes can be MORE beneficial than in-person classes!

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1 – You Can Learn at Your Own Pace!

Like many students, you might be considering taking makeup classes online because you work a full-time job. Maybe you’re a full-time, stay-at-home parent. Or perhaps you’d just prefer not to be in a physical classroom environment during COVID.

Either way, in-person classes probably won’t be able to cater to your needs. This is because they tend to run on a set, strict schedule. Moreover, you have to travel to them and make their timeframes work for your schedule – regardless of how hectic your life is.

On the other hand, online makeup classes allow you to have a flexible schedule! You can learn at your own pace, without strict deadlines or the fear of ‘failing’ if you don’t turn in an assignment by a given due date. QC Makeup Academy’s online learning environment puts YOUR needs first! You can complete your coursework and assignments whenever works best for you. There are no deadlines or set schedules to follow! So long as you complete your program within the 2-year period, that’s all that matters. Thus, you can take as much or as little of that time as you need.

On top of this, because you have the option to learn at your own pace, you can take the time you need to truly feel proud of the work you submit!

2 – Online Makeup Classes Offer a LOT More Practice Time!

They always say, “Practice makes perfect.” However, with in-person classes, you’re actually limited on the practice time you’re allotted before an instructor reviews and critiques your work.

With in-person classes, the instructor will teach and model the application. After that, students are asked to practice on their own model that same day. In this blog article, QC Makeup Academy’s Nathan Johnson shared his own experiences working at a brick-and-mortar school. This thought in particular really resonated with me:

You hear your lesson from your teacher once, and you only get to practice it for a few minutes. In those few minutes, you either get it or you don’t, and everyone else moves on. Yes, you can practice when you get home - but without the visual demo, will you be able to remember what the proper technique is?

Nathan JohnsonQC Makeup Academy executive makeup instructor and celebrity MUA

Online makeup classes, on the other hand, permit you the time to actually practice the skills taught in each unit. Furthermore, you can continue practicing as much as you need before turning in your work. This way, you can ensure that you’re mastering the skill properly. This practice time will make all the difference between just applying makeup and fine-tuning the application process.

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3 – You Can Refer Back to Your Course Materials as Much as You Need!

In my personal experience, one of the most VALUABLE benefits of online makeup classes is the video instruction. Namely, because with that comes the ability to play the videos back! When becoming a professional makeup artist, video instruction can be an essential component to your growing skill-set. You’re able to watch, pause, rewind, and practice alongside the instructor – as many times as you want/need.

In a physical class, you can run into difficulty remembering everything the instructor said. You might not recall each step of the application. As a result, this can make your at-home practice tough, since you won’t remember how to recreate the look(s) or apply the product(s) accurately. Luckily, online makeup training won’t pose this issue!

This is also an important element because it can be easy to pick up incorrect makeup habits when trying to mimic your instructor’s work (without their supervision and feedback). Having instructional videos at your disposal takes away the “guesswork”. Instead, you’re able to re-watch their applications and techniques as many times as you need. This way, you’ll truly grasp the skills correctly!

Trust me when I say: the right online makeup classes will completely disprove the negative misconceptions people sometimes have about them. If you dream of working as a professional makeup artist and want to get properly trained, I highly recommend checking out QC Makeup Academy’s courses! You can also speak directly with QC’s Student Support Team to have all of your concerns and questions answered. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Graduate from your online makeup classes in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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